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The Top Three Best Elements On the Periodic Table


There are 118 known elements on the Periodic Table, with each element having its own unique and special properties. With there being that many elements many wonder, “What is the best element?” In this article I’ll be clearing that up.

To first find the best element I made a tier list ranging from S, being the best, and TRASH, being the worst. I then went over the periodic table and researched each element individually, ranking them on how useful they are to society, how cool or unique they look, or just if I liked them in general. That being said, there were 12 total elements that ended up being in S tier, those being Aluminum, Cobalt, Magnesium, Beryllium, Iron, Tantalum, Amercuim, Bismuth, Oxygen, Phosphorus, Arsenic, and silicon. Some of the reasons why the Elements are S tier are sillier than others for example. Aluminum is S because it makes funny noises when crinkled, or Amercuim is S because it’s named after America. Most of the other elements in S, however, are more serious.

Number One

Finding the number one best element was quite hard though because each element had its own unique thing about them and what it could do. However, after all of the research I did I can say that Cobalt is the best element, and here’s why. First of all, it has many different useful uses. It’s used in rechargeable batteries, superalloys, gas turbine engines, airbags, catalysts for petroleum and chemical industries, cemented carbides, corrosion and wear resistances, jet engines, military fighter jet’s, ect. It also looks really really cool, it’s like a blue crystal. And while it’s pretty common on earth it can be found in asteroids and moons, which means that it can come from space, which is cool.

Number Two

The second place element is beryllium. This is because it has a lot of uses, like Cobalt, such as, making gyroscopes, springs, electrical contacts, spot-welding electrodes and non-sparking tools, mixing it with copper and nickel can increase those metals electrical and thermal conductivity. Yes, the uses are important but not as important as the uses for Cobalt. And the looks for beryllium aren’t that cool.

Number Three

 And finally in third place is Hydrogen. Hydrogen can be used to power vehicles, generate electricity, power industrial tools, and can be used to heat buildings, that’s not the main reason I chose it, however. I chose Hydrogen mostly because it makes up 75% of all mass in the universe and 90% of all atoms in the universe, meaning that it is one of the most important elements in the universe, with that being said, I didn’t put it in first or second place because it’s just boring to me. By this I mean that it’s a gas and not in a solid form, like Cobalt and Beryllium, meaning that it can’t measure up to the looks of Cobalt and Beryllium. 

But in the end (almost) all elements are needed for some aspect of life. Sometimes these uses are small, sometimes these uses are big, but that makes every element special and unique in their own way

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Bryden Garbett
Bryden Garbett, Staff Writer
Bryden Garbett is a freshman and a staff writer for NUmedia. This is his first year in student media at Nevada Union. In his free time he likes to play video games and go bike riding.

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